This week's Finish the Sentence Friday hop poses the question:
If I could live anywhere ...
I would live on Cape Cod. I grew up between Boston and the Cape, so I always summered on the Cape, then lived there for a few years before heading off to New Orleans. Even though I didn't actually live there for long, the Cape has somehow always been "home" to me. I know it's not the same anymore - everyone keeps telling me when they go that everything is shut down, for sale, has been torn down, etc. I was there for a while when I first came back East after Hurricane Katrina and couldn't for the life of me find a job. I kept reading stories in the newspaper about schools being consolidated and the concern over younger residents leaving in droves. The fear was that with so many younger people leaving, there wouldn't be the support services (fire, police, etc.) in place for all of the older citizens remaining. Now I'm reading about rampant drug problems, which I'm sure means an increase (or soon to be) in crime too.
Even so, if I had the money (rents on the Cape are crazy, which is one reason why so many people have left) and could find a decent job, I'd move there in a heartbeat. There is nothing like being able to take a walk on the beach every night and fall asleep listening to the waves lapping on the shore or watching the sun rise/set over the ocean. There was also the bonus of (usually) having less snow because there was so much salt in the air. The trade-off, of course, was having to make sure you got your car washed often to avoid salt damage. The only thing that ever drove me crazy living there was the summer traffic. It seemed a small price to pay for the beauty and serenity.
The Cape has some fabulous restaurants and lots of antique stores to poke around in. There is also Melody Tent, a great theatre-in-the-round. I've seen some awesome concerts there over the years, and because it's a small venue and in-the-round, you really can't have a bad seat - you're close no matter what row you're in, and the stage revolves. Plus, the Cape is close enough to Boston to head that way when you want the city, or you can hop a ferry to Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket for a weekend jaunt. Oh, and as an added bonus, The Candy Co. on Rte. 28 in Yarmouth has the best fudge on the planet!!
Yup, whenever I need to go to my "happy place" in my mind for some reason, I automatically transport to the swing set on the beach behind The Blue Water Resort. I used to love to end my evening walks with a little swing looking out over the water.
I wanna go home!!! :(
How about you? Where would you live? Someplace exotic perhaps?
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